Location: Livestock Arthropod Pests Research
Project Number: 3094-32000-039-71-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 1, 2014
End Date: Jul 31, 2019
Determine the nature of the R. microplus species complex (i.e., history of inter-continental gene flow among these ticks). Identify the process involved in R. microplus invasion, including climatic adaption to arid subtropics, competition with endemic cattle ticks, influence of pathogenic landscape, and collection of ticks for identification of local biological control agents.
Conduct field work in West Africa to determine the genetic and ecological factors influencing the invasion of cattle fever ticks.